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Pattern Binder

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I finally got around to putting my patterns in sheet protectors in a binder rather than taping them into a spiral notebook. This way the sheets won’t be getting crumpled or ripped out. They are also now a lot more organized.  

 All of this pattern organization came out of the fact that there was a scarf I had seen in the yarn store on Thursday when I was yarn shopping with my mom. They didn’t have the pattern in stock there in the store, so I had to get it off Ravelry. I got the pattern today and was like “I should really organize my patterns better” so I did. I also found a few more patterns o Ravelry that I liked and downloaded. 

I have a stash of yarn that I have been letting sit for a while as I knew I wanted to use them, I just didn’t have a pattern I liked to use with them. I am still getting used to knitting projects for myself since I spent so many years only knitting sweaters and hats for kids in need. 

Knitting, Knitting Projects, Pattern Friday, Patterns

Ravelry

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This Week for pattern Friday, I am sharing with you another one of my favorite pattern resources. I have mentioned it in other posts, but I have not written a post about it yet. This week I am sharing with you guys Ravelry. It has plenty of patterns (some are free, others are not). It is also great because it has groups, and forums and such. I like that feature in addition to the patterns because there are often groups by location, or project (particularly charity knitting/crocheting). 

With Ravelry you will need an account to access patterns and the groups but creating an account is free, and allows you to save patterns to your library and keep track of projects you have completed if you so choose to use that feature. 

This is just one of the places I go to, in order to get ideas of what I want to make. 

Knitting, Pattern Friday, Patterns, Yarn

Falling Leaves Wrap

I found this pattern while surfing ravelry for inspiration. I had purchased the yarn I wanted to use (two skeins of Patons Lace yarn). I am waiting until I have few projects going before diving into it. I have tried to start it several times, but I would get so far and then something would go wrong so I would frog it each time.

I want to start it when I have the time to focus on it, and actually make sure I do it right. I have found that I can’t do this kind of thing and watch vlogs/tv shows/movies at the same time.

I wanted to share the pattern with you all, and to see if anyone wants to try it along with me, to see how it turns out.

Charity Project Monday, Knitting, Knitting Projects

Baby Blanket Progress

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This week, for my Charity Project of the Week, I will be telling you about the progress I have been making on the baby blanket I am working on. I am working on some baby blankets that I intend to send for the Bundles of Joy (B.O.J) group I found out about on Ravelry. The group makes handmade (Knit, Crochet, Sewn) goods for babies and children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The counties that make up the Pine Ridge Reservation are among the poorest in the country. That fact alone is not surprising.

Anywhere there are babies being born into poverty, my heart goes to try to do something, even something as simple as knitting baby blankets I want to help. That is why I am glad I came across the B.O.J. group. I know there are kids around the world who need something warm, and I do the best I can to help with that through knitting sweaters and hats, but at the same time I try to do my part to help fill the gap here at home, when there is a project or a group that has been formed to help fill a need here in my own country.

I have gotten up into the 7th section of the basket weave baby blanket I am currently working on. I know I have talked about it in at least one post in the past. I love how it is coming along and turning out. it will be really pretty when it is done.

Knitting, Knitting Projects, Patterns, Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips: Project Inspiration Websites

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This week on tip Tuesday, I will be sharing with you where I find some of my patterns for the projects I knit and create.

Ravelry: I learned about ravelry about two years ago, and have found several different patterns that I liked and that I use on a regular basis. While their pattern selections can be a bit limited at times, and I don’t always find what I am looking for, I like that they also have communities and groups that you can be a part of if you so choose.

Knitty: Knitty is an online knitting magazine that is made up of all free patterns (which is part of why I am drawn to their site). I was told about this site in the last few months by one of my former co-workers when we got talking about something, and I had brought up the subject that I couldn’t find a pattern I liked well enough for a particular yarn, and she recommended this site.

I have also found pins on pinterest that were easy enough for me to figure out that I could just knit from the picture I found and make projects without written patterns. For anything more than simple cables I typically need written and/or chart patterns, though I can do something just from looking at pictures.

Hats, Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects, Yarn

Day 2 of 30 days 30 hats challenge

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Today is the second day of my 30 days, 30 hats challenge. I had started a thread about it in one of the charity knitting groups I am a part of on Ravelry, not expecting a whole lot from it. So far I have had my expectations blown away by even having a few people join me in my challenge to each knit 30 hats in 30 days. While I am knitting hats for children in India, I had made the thread more open ended, in terms of the recipients of the hats at the end of the month just because each person who might want to take part has their own charities and knitting recipients that they care about, and the whole point is just to see how many hats (with a goal in mind) in the course of the month.

I will be posting pictures frequently (but not daily) on my Facebook Page, so if you would like to see the hats I will be making this month, as well as other projects I am working on, please follow me on my facebook page (by going to the page, and clicking the “like” button on the main page). I mentioned that I will be posting pictures frequently, but not daily, that is because I enough yarn to make several hats out of the skeins of some yarns, so it would be rather redundant to essentially be posting the same picture for several days in a row. What I plan on doing when I am using the same yarn for several hats is knit up the yarn, and then when I am finished my last hat with the yarn I will take a picture of all the hats I got out of the yarn and post the picture with a short caption with the day numbers and how many child/teen sizes I have in the color.